Duran Duran and John Taylor’s bass playing have always been a big inspiration to me. I’ve loved 80s music for about as long as I can remember. Most of the time, I did not know that it was music from that specific period that I loved so much. In 2010, I finally became interested in music, thus, the beginning of my Duranie life!
John is my favourite. I love him and his bass playing. I understand how he got his inspiration from Chic! I love the bass-lines from 70s disco music and I can see the influence it had on him. John is a really big idol for me. I hope I can meet him one day. I did nearly get the chance to go to the Manchester signing for his book but the tickets were sold out. My dad did try to get tickets from eBay but they sold for over £200. I don’t think my dad was that eager to spend that much on me! Haha! I would have told him how his bass playing made me want to play bass. Also, I would say that I literally adore the outfit he wears on the Sing Blue Silver tour. I plan to make a dress based off it. It’s so cool!
Andy is a close second behind John as my favourite. I don’t understand why he gets hated on sometimes. I even made a video on youtube. (Ok. I thought only my friends would see it, but turns out I got through to more people than that!) You can find it here.
That video is from when I had my John Taylor fringe. I doubt I’m the first Duranie to do that! But, yes, I do love Andy. He’s brilliant.
It’s quite interesting to be surrounded by fans that saw Duran in the 80s. They were there to see them from the beginning to their highest point in fame, all the way up to now. I feel like I’ve missed out on quite a lot, but, then again, I am quite lucky to have the extensive length of their discography at my fingertips. I’d also feel quite bad, if I knew that my idol was addicted to cocaine, at the time I was idolising him, too. I’m so glad that John and Andy are over their drug and alcohol problems.
I’m a big fan of art and drawing, so naturally, I draw lot of doodles of the band. Here is my personal favourite painting I have done of John (please ignore the ‘arty’ angle, it was a phase. Haha! ):
Duran Duran has helped me through a lot. Funny story. I ordered the full set of the Topps 1985 stickers from eBay and I randomly took them to one of my check up sessions with my doctor at CAMHS. I gave him one of Nick to stick on my case file. Now my doctor wants the rest of the band! Now, I give him one every time I go for a check up. He has Nick and Simon so far!
Bio: Sian is a 17-year-old Duranie from the Manchester area. She spends most of her days staring into the face of John Taylor to the point where his face is imprinted on her mind. She is studying art and design and hopes to become an illustrator.